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Nancy Ortins Savage, Ph.D.


Molybdenum Oxide-Poly(ethylene) Oxide Composites, Electrospinning, Molybdenum Methoxide Nanofibers


Molybdenum oxides, Ethylene oxide, Electrospinning, Nanofibers, Polyethylene oxide


Electrospinning is a rising discipline within the material science community. Its diverse applications make it a lucrative research topic. In this experiment, molybdenum methoxide nanofibers were produced, successfully, using poly (ethylene oxide) (PEO) as the carrier polymer. Initially, to understand the parameters that would yield fully formed fibers, PEO in distilled water and PEO in reagent alcohol were electrospun to determine the parameters that effect fiber formation. These parameters were found to be voltage and flow rate at constant distance. Applying these conditions, molybdenum methoxide was electrospun at voltage settings of 10-kV, 15-kV, and 20-kV with flow rates at 1.00-mL/hr, 1.50-mL/hr, and 2.00-mL/hr. It was determined that using a voltage between 10-kV to 20-kV with a flow rate of 2.00-mL/hr worked well or, while at 1.50-mL/hr rate, fibers were produced at a voltage of 10-kV and 5-cm distance.